Looking to fulfill the public health needs of Arizona and the nation, 260 undergraduate and graduate degrees were awarded to students by the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at a convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 14.
The College awarded 153 Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in public health; 91 Master of Public Health degrees of which, 10 students will receive dual MD-MPH degrees offered jointly by the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and Public Health. Other dual degrees to be awarded in Master of Public Health are as follows: One PharmD/MPH degree will be awarded, one JD/MPH will be awarded, one MPH/MA in Latin American Studies, and one MPH/MS in Mexican American Studies will be awarded. The College also will award eight Master of Science degrees in biostatistics, three Master of Science degrees in environmental health sciences, and two Master of Science degrees in epidemiology. One Doctor of Public Health degree will be awarded with a concentration in maternal and child health, and two PhDs will be awarded, one in biostatistics and one in environmental health sciences.
Recognition of Student Awards:
Cum Laude – Elizabeth Brooks, Kyle Campbell, Jacqueline Chau, Tayler Dykes, Kelsi Ferreri, Sarah Gruber, Lorraine Heydorn, Oscar Infante, Sarah James, Taylor Jones, Ashleigh Madden, Caitlin McFadden, Madison Moore, Alison Penze, Brenda Picasso, Daniel Pohoretsky, April Reinhold, Rachael Renzaglia, Arianna Resendiz, Michaela Soha, Obumneke Ugbor, Pedro Uribe-Valencia, Jessica Weatherford, Alyssa Willis, Amber Wobma
Magna Cum Laude – Natasha Bodiroga, David Campas, Sergio Castelo, Jessi Duran, Taylor Eisenhower, Stephanie Gilboy, Paola Gonzalez, Angela Haddon, Laura Haley, Martin Hoyos Ballesteros Jr, Derek Koller, Susanna Lluria, Gianna Mattio, Kaela Mitchell, Hayley Owen, Izzy Paulk, Tris Sampson, Samantha Slack, Ryley Tegler, Mahelate Tesfaye, Laura Vo, Jesse Wu
Summa Cum Laude – Amanda Moyer
Graduating Student Ambassadors
Undergraduate – Stephanie Gilboy, Valeria Huizar, Sarah James, Sonal Mistry, Hayley Owen, Izzy Paulk, Alyssa Willis
Graduate – Stephen Barnes, Katelyn Chisholm, Mallorie Fiero, Elizabeth Frailey, Kelly Heslin, Nicholas Jennings, Brittany Nigon, Quyymun Rabby, Jennifer Shipley, Joshua Warlick
Delta Omega Honor Society
Nominees: Bryna Bettis, Kevin Doubleday, Weston DuBose, Troy Foster, Monica Gonzalez, Margaret Hill-Kipling, Connor Kelley, April Olson, Jennifer Shipley, Laura Still, Joshua Warlick
Outstanding Senior Award
Outstanding Master of Public Health Student Awards
Monica Gonzalez and Brittany Nigon
College of Public Health Student Life Award
During the ceremony, Dean Hakim presented the Awards for Excellence to the following faculty and academic professionals: Kacey Ernst, PhD (Associate Professor, Epidemiology) received the Excellence in Teaching Award; Nicolette Teufel-Shone, PhD (Professor, Health Promotion Sciences Science) received the Excellence in Research Award; and Burris Duncan, MD (Professor Emeritus) received the Excellence in Community-Engagement and Practice.
Cynthia Thomson, PhD, professor of health promotion sciences received the UA Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award for 2016.
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